What’s Cookin’? 109

Mac: Would you like a spot of tea?

(-It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “The Gang Cracks The Liberty Bell”)

Highlight(s) of the week: (1) Amanda, Giselle, and I spent some time yesterday [Sunday] with our dear friends Tim and Susan and their wonderful baby boy, Nathan. (2) Amanda let me buy FIFA 2009 for XBox 360, which I was pretty excited about. (3) I wrote five posts for Everyday Liturgy. One in particular was mentioned publicly on Emergent Village’s twitterfeed. (4) I have my own website now! (view here – if you are about to click, I must inform you that you are already there).

What I’m reading: Currently, reading Relevant Magazine’s November-December issue. Also, my friend Derek’s book So You Thinking About Going to Seminary: An Insider’s Guide and The Art of Reading Scripture edited by Ellen Davis and Richard Hays. For class, I’m reading Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Psalms & Wisdom Literature by Ernest C. Lucas and Old Testament Parallels: Laws And Stories from the Ancient Near East by Victor H. Matthews and Don C. Benjamin.
Listenin’ and lovin’:
  • Podcasts: Mars Hills “Bricks and Boards,” and Speaking of Faith‘s “Liberating the Founders,” which I recommend to help remove some of the old assumptions about America’s founders and their religious beliefs.
  • Music: I’ve fallen into the trap of listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, which I promised I’d never do

What I’ve been vegetating in front of: (1) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Office; (2) Heroes; (3) FIFA 2009 on XBox 360 – I recommend to all soccer fans who play soccer video games. (4) I’ve also been on a Law & Order kick. No sure why? May have something to do with it being the only good afternoon television besides SportsCenter.

Something(s) that blew my mind: (1) our beloved Philadelphia Eagles found a way to a tie with the 1-win Cinncinati Bengals. Wow! Super Bowl, here we come! (2) The Bible talks about “beer” – I knew it talked about wine, but beer? I never knew that! (see Deut. 29v6; 1 Sam. 1v15; Isa. 29v9, 28v7, 24v9; Prov. 31v6 – the TNIV uses the word “beer”). (3) the subscriptions in Psalms likely weren’t part of the original text and “of David” could mean a number of things other than that they were written by David. Take that, fundies! I’m just kidding, but seriously.

Job update: still not much progress. I contacted a few places, but I haven’t heard back. I’m not worrying yet.

Seminary update: tomorrow will be the second class on Old Testament poetic books. I’m enjoying it so far. I didn’t know the Psalms could be so complicated!

Looking forward to: (1) What God has in store for me. (2) Giselle to associate “Da-da” with me. (3) Finding a place to live on our own.

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What’s Cookin’? 108

Sinbad: “You’re in Sinbad’s House. Rob Thomas. Matchbox 20. Sing something. Shut up.”

(-It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “Dennis Reynolds: An Exotic Life”)

Highlight(s) of the week: (1) the Emergent Mid-Atlantic Conference (#emergentma08) was a great time. More than anything, I enjoyed hanging with all my friends – Todd, Thom, and Tim - over some beers and meeting Peter Rollins [author of How (Not) to Speak of God] for the first time and spending various times over 1 1/2 days talking with him. Also, I spent time on Saturday with Derek Cooper (a good friend of mine) and John Franke from Biblical Seminary. Great guys. (2) During the conference, I met some new people from other Emergent cohorts. It’s always nice to meet new people who are in the same “conversation” as you. I actually accompanied Charlie from Princeton to 30th Street Station since we were both picking up trains there. (3) Throughout all the curve-balls my life has been throwing me, Amanda has been incredibly supportive, and I love her more than ever because of it [plus, I think she said something in our vows about supporting me no matter what]. (4) Giselle says “Da-da” but not in reference to me. So, all I have to do is make that connection. “Da-da” is beating out “ma-ma” right now. (5) Amanda and I had a good laugh with Giselle the other day when she smacked her head really hard on the mirror from her dressing table – I thought she would cry, but, instead, she cracked up laughing. Kids always keep us laughing, don’t they?

What I’m reading: Hey! I finally finished Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw and The Historical Books by Richard D. Nelson. Two books in one week, woo-hoo! Currently, reading Relevant Magazine’s November-December issue. Also, my friend Derek’s book So You Thinking About Going to Seminary: An Insider’s Guide and The Art of Reading Scripture edited by Ellen Davis and Richard Hays.   

Listenin’ and lovin’:

  • Podcasts: As always - Mars Hills podcast every week. Emergent Village which announced that it is making some changes for the better (i.e., Tony Jones is no longer the head of Emergent Village. He didn’t do anything wrong, but they are attempting to break down hierarchy). But besides that, not much.
  • Music: I listened to part of Oh Sleeper’s When I Am God. Underoath’s newest CD – Lost in the Sound of Separation

What I’ve been vegetating in front of: (1) A&E’s Biography on Barack Obama helped me understand more of who our President-elect is as a person. (2) I set up my Xbox and played EA Sports’ UEFA Euro 2008 for some time. I want to buy FIFA 09, but I don’t have a job to make money to buy it. (3) I’m all caught up on Heroes, which has gotten a little weird for me, but I still like it. (4) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Office put some humor into my life.

Something(s) that blew my mind: (1) Not sure if this blew my mind, but it is mind-blowing – Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. He is our first black president, and I don’t think that can be overstated. Todd had a great post in reflection about the election (whoa, that rhymes). I’m really interested in seeing how things play out. (2) Barack Obama becoming the President-elect brought about a lot of hate, but even more love. I was really surprised by staunch McCain supporters who said that they will be supporting and praying for Obama – very cool. 

Job update: I haven’t really made much progress in this area. I’m not sure where I want to go with all of this. I’ve been looking though, but I’m confident that God will provide.

Seminary update: last assignment (take-home final exam) for Gary Schnittjer’s class on the historical books of the Hebrew Scriptures is due tomorrow. Also, starting tomorrow is my class with David Lamb on the poetic books of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Looking forward to: (1) What God has in store for me. (2) How Barack Obama’s presidency will go. (3) If “Barack” and “Obama” will stop coming up as an incorrect spelling in spell-check (e.g., for “Obama” spell-check offers “Abeam”). (3) Finding a new place for our family to live. We’ve been living at my in-laws, but we’re looking to move on. (4) Exit-interview with Great Valley Presbyterian, which should provide some closure.

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